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Poster: duckpond74 Date: Jul 14, 2011 12:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Viola Lee

Two of my favorites are available on commercial releases.

9/3/67 from the Rio Nido Dance Hall along the Russian River - clocking in at 23:13. It's available in a clean vault remaster as an extra track on the remastered digipack of their eponymous first album.

4/26/69 from the Electric Theater in Chicago is just under 20 minutes and is on the 'Fallout From The Phil Zone'.

Along the lines of that interesting Coltrane discussion from the other day, you may find that a good Viola Lee Blues is like the Grateful Dead channeling Coltrane's musical energy in a raw and visceral way, with the intensity of Cecil Taylor and the density of the Sun Ra Arkestra. It would have been a wonderful thing if when the Dead and the Miles Davis Quintet shared the bill 4/9-12/70 at the Fillmore West, they would have joined forces for a go at Viola - one can only imagine.

This post was modified by duckpond74 on 2011-07-14 07:32:13

This post was modified by duckpond74 on 2011-07-14 07:42:03